October Classroom Ideas for Grades 3-5

October Classroom Activities for Upper Elementary

October is the month I start to gear up for the holidays. What that means is not only preparing for the holidays personally but also knowing that students don’t get ‘holiday brain.’ You know – that brain fog that sets in with visions of costumes, candy, turkey, and presents. It starts in October and runs until winter break. So instead of fighting against the ‘holiday brain’ you can use it to your advantage. I always engaged my students with holiday and seasonal activities that played right into the ‘holiday brain’ but kept them learning, too! Here are 6 great ‘holiday brain’ October activities for upper elementary.

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5 Ways to Use PDFs Digitally

5 Ways to Use PDFs Digitally in the Virtual Classroom

For most of us expanding our teaching practices into virtual teaching or distance learning is a fairly new thing. We are on a steep learning curve as we work to do what is best for our students. It’s kind of like the first year of teaching . . . again! Today I am excited to share some of the things I have learned on this journey. Here are 5 ways to use PDFs digitally in the virtual classroom.

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How to Use TpT Digital Activities

How to Use TpT Digital Activities for Distance Learning

One of the most frustrating things about distance learning or remote learning is feeling like all the amazing lessons and resources you have accumulated over the years cannot be used. But don’t fret yet – there are ways to use your pdfs and Teachers Pay Teachers resources for distance learning with the TpT digital tool. All you need is a Google Classroom account to assign the activity.

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25 Useful Resources for Remote Learning

25 Useful Resources for Remote Learning

The year 2020 will go down as the year that education changed! We might have been forced into the changes by COVID-19 but I’m not sure that we will ever go back to “the way things used to be.” I believe that the increased use of technology in education is here to stay. I’ve put together a list of 25 of the most useful resources for remote learning (aka distance learning, virtual learning, home learning – you know what I mean)! But these resources can also be used in the classroom with technology integration.

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At Home Learning Made Easy

At Home Learning Made Easy

Whether you are teaching virtually through distance learning, using a hybrid in school – at home model or homeschooling by choice, students are doing all or part of their learning from home. And if you are currently teaching in person in the classroom, you know the very real risk that tomorrow students could begin learning from home. These at home learning activities are your answer to providing engaging skills-based practice for your students no matter where they are learning.

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BITMOJI Morning Messages An Easy Classroom Management Hack

Classroom Morning Greeting Ideas

The morning is one of the most hectic times of the day in the classroom. There’s attendance to take, lunch choices to make, bags to unpack and homework to stack. There are people moving in different directions and greetings and questions that occupy your time. If you’re teaching virtually, there are daily check-ins to complete, the daily agenda to share, and assignments to submit. So why not create a morning routine that allows the classroom (or virtual classroom) to run itself during this busy time. Morning meeting slides are a classroom management #teacherhack that can help you start your day the right way.

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How to Use Digital Stickers for Google Classroom and SeeSaw

Digital Stickers in the Classroom – FREE DOWNLOAD

With the sudden increase of digital activities and assignments, student feedback and grading of work can lose the personal element. Students turn in an assignment digitally, teacher checks, records grade . . . next. It’s all pretty mechanical. But just because the work has gone digital doesn’t mean that we have to lose all the personal and sometimes fun feedback and encouragement students receive from the teacher. Enter Digital Stickers! I’m so excited to teach you how to use digital stickers so you can add a personal touch to your digital grading. Keep reading, because I have some free digital stickers for you to try at the end!

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parent teacher communication through distance learning

Parent Communication During Distance Learning

If you have been a teacher for longer than 1 day then you already know the importance of having good communication with parents. Add to that distance learning and the stress of a pandemic and the need for solid parent-teacher communication is vital. Here are some ideas for stellar parent communication during distance learning (but you can really use them any time)!

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Creating a Welcoming Classroom with Classroom Decor

Creating a welcoming classroom environment is an important part of setting up your classroom for a new school year. After all, for 9 to 10 months of the year you spend many more hours there than you do at home, and so do your students. So why not make the classroom a visually appealing place that you and your students want to spend time in. An easy way to do that is with a classroom decor set that has everything you need.

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Fun Summer Review Activities to Stop the Summer Slide

Fun Summer Review Activities

School’s out for summer! Doesn’t that just make you want to sing? I love summer and summer break. What I don’t love is the summer slide. But the summer slide can be avoided. I am excited to share with you some fun summer review activities to help avoid the summer slide and make summer learning fun.

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Using Boom Cards in the Upper Elementary Classroom

Looking for a new way to engage your upper elementary students? Today I am super excited to share with you why using Boom cards in upper elementary classrooms is a perfect way to get your students engaged in practicing core academic skills and concepts.

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4 Digital Ways to End the School Year

The end of the school year is quickly approaching and it is definitely one for the record books. I can’t recall anything like it – ever! The COVID pandemic has redefined the current state of education. Unlike pandemics of the past, our current state of technology has allowed “school” to continue. So why not let the End of the Year celebrations continue too! These digital end of the year activities will have your class remembering and celebrating their great year!

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